Jewish families start celebration of Passover

By Perry Russom

April 14, 2014 Updated Apr 14, 2014 at 6:50 PM EST

Binghamton, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Hundreds of Jewish families across the area are now celebrating Passover.

The holiday started at sundown Monday evening.

On Monday, Temple Concord in Binghamton was preparing for their seder meal Tuesday night.

The religious meal has different types of foods representing the hardships the Jews endured when they were enslaved by the Egyptians.

"As we fought to be free, so we need to fight against anyone being enslaved, so there are many messages that take us far beyond the historical piece," said Temple Concord Rabbi Barbara Goldman-Wartell.

Some of that seder food is horseradish roots, romaine lettuce and matza bread.

The holiday celebrates the Jews freedom from slavery in search for the promised land.

"It took time to learn how to be free, how to think differently, how to live and act differently and so we need to remember that when others are in transition," said Goldman-Wartell.

Passover is a week long holiday.